Tourism Development Officer (4163)

Tourism development officers conduct research, formulate policies, and administer programs to promote tourism investment in urban and rural areas. They are employed by government departments, international organizations, marketing firms, and business associations, or may be self-employed. (National Occupational Classification)

Occupational Profile

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Canada's National Occupational Classification outlines the following employment requirements for Travel Counsellors:

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required,
  • A college diploma or vocational training in travel or tourism is usually required,
  • Certification with the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA ) may be required.


The University of Manitoba does not offer specialized training leading specifically to a career as a Tourism Development Officer. Various faculties and departments may offer courses in business, marketing, research, leisure and tourism.

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Information for foreign-trained travel counsellors - from the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

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  • Job Board - from the Manitoba Tourism Education Council
  • go2HR - tourism and hospitality job board (BC)

Other Links

External resources that will provide you with additional information about the occupation, areas of work and opportunities to build experience:

Date modified: July 31, 2018

Links to Sites:

-National Occupation Classification

-Working in Canada - Winnipeg

-Alberta Learning Information Service - OCC info
-Occupational Outlook Handbook
-Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council
-Tourism Industry Association of Canada

-Canada Tourism Commission

-Canada Travel and Tourism

-Travel & Tourism Research Association - Canada Chapter

-World Tourism Organization

-Tourism Career Training Centre

-What is a Tourism Development Officer? - Manitoba Government

-Travel Manitoba

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